Climax - Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Classic Season 1 Episode of CBS's live CLIMAX! drama program. This is an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde". Hosted by Bill Lundigan, this episode was originally aired on 28 July 1955 (Season 1 Episode 34). The story was adapted for television by Gore Vidal.
Run time 60 minsProducer Edgar PetersonProduction Company Columbia Broadcasting SystemSponsor Chrysler CorporationAudio/Visual sound, b/wLanguage English
This is a complete kinoscope recording. All advertisments, studio ids, ad-caps, etc are present. This is the full 60 mins program, not the edited 45 minute video version. This recording has been mastered from a VHS dupe. Some minor cropping has been undertaken to remove tracking issues that were present on the image.
Michael Rennie - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Cedric Hardwicke - Mr. Utterson
Lowell Gilmore - Dr. Lanyon
John Hoyt - Poole
Hosted by William Lundigan
Directed by Alan Reisner
Written by Gore Vidal
Produced by Edgar Peterson
May 16, 2011
Just the way it was
I enjoyed seeing the entire program, ads and all. The tape quality isn't bad. The production is good, and there are only a couple of dialogue slips during the "live" production.
The makeup creating Hyde was far from adequate in disguising Jekyll. Rennie's distinctive cheekbones were a dead giveaway, and ANYONE would have made the connection. The mole takes center stage in selling the transition.
Two and a half stars.